(Picture courtesy of Brigid Harris)
Question: How does the Right to Life March happen each year? How does it get set up and organized? How do all the bureaucratic boxes get checked?
Answer: through a lot of people's hard work and the financial support of the marchers.
Each year volunteers from the Father Diamond Council #6962 (Fairfax, Virginia) of the Knights of Columbus helps by collecting donations in the line of march. This is a picture of Larry Gottschalk, a past Grand Knight and a gem of a man, collecting last Monday. Larry, another twenty four knights, and three of their spouses worked Constitution Avenue. They have done this for fourteen years holding out their buckets.
Their work is not done once the March for Life is over. They have to take the money back to Fairfax. There they count it: every dollar, quarter, dime, nickel, and penny of it. That is a big job in itself! Finally they have to turn it over safe and sound to the organizers of the March. And this is only one of the things the Council does for the March.
This year the marchers chipped in 25,890 U.S. dollars and one Canadian $50 bill.
That is a new record. Judging from the pictures I have seen and from the amount the marchers gave, maybe this was the biggest March ever! (The previous record was in 2002.)